We interpret Land Economy broadly, as the multidisciplinary study of how society interacts with the environment, both natural and built.  The Department includes lawyers, economists, planners, engineers and public policy, finance and real estate specialists.

The Department encourages engagement with public policy and professional practice and with the resolution of contemporary problems alongside more fundamental analysis.

Land Economy is a self-governing academic Department within the University’s School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It currently employs around 50 academic staff, including nine full professors. It teaches around 200 undergraduates, 140 masters students and 70 PhD students.

Research centres within the department include the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, the Centre for Housing and Planning Policy Research and the Centre for Real Estate Research all of which contributed to the Department’s highly successful REF-21 submission, in which it was ranked first in the country for research quality (both GPA and proportion of 4*).

Find out more about the Department of Land Economy

  • News

    Find out what's happening across our Department via our dedicated News page.

  • Events

    Find out about all our upcoming events via our Events page.

  • How to Find Us

    Our Department is located on Silver Street, in the heart of Cambridge. More information on how to find us within Cambridge can be found here.

  • Job Vacancies

    Job vacancies at the Department will be advertised on the University of Cambridge's job vacancies website as well as on our own website here.

  • Green Impact Team

    We are keen participants in the University of Cambridge's Green Impact Challenge, and have been granted the top 'Platinum' prize. Find out more about our efforts to minimise our environmental impact here.

  • Visiting Scholars

    The Department runs a successful Visiting Scholars Programme which allows us to welcome many academics each year.

    Find out more about the Programme here.

  • Careers and Alumni

    We offer a range of careers help and resources to our students, including our Resume Book and Mentoring Scheme.

    We are always delighted to hear about what our alumni are doing, and we hope to remain in contact long after you have graduated from the Department. Alumni can find relevant information here.

  • Land. Space. Place. blog

    We have just launched a brand new blog, called 'Land. Space. Place.'

    Posts will highlight exciting research happening in the Department.

    Visit the blog, and read the first post by Professor Franz Fuerst here.

  • Changing Cities podcast

    In Michaelmas term 2023, we will be launching a new podcast, hosted by the Department's Dr Stefania Fiorentino.

    Stefania will interview academics from the Department, as well as our alumni and academics from other institutions, to understand the impact of our research and teaching.

    View more info here.

  • Contacts

    Find out more about the Board of Land Economy and the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board here.

  • Land Economy Library

    Our Library is now located within the Seeley Historical Library. Find out more here.

  • History of Land Economy

    We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. Find out more about our history here with a piece by Emeritus Professor Ian Hodge.